The legacy of a Letcher County combat veteran

Freedom is not free. Many years have quickly passed. Not all of them were kind. The dreams I thought would never last are still burning in my mind. I thought that I would grow and change, remove my guilt and fear, but all attempts were in vain. The ghosts are always near. A sound, a single word can take me […]

Tank brings excitement

The Garrard County Water Association, I presume, is erecting a big water supply tower just outside Paint Lick on 52 that looks much like the ones you see all over small town Kentucky poked up toward the sky and embossed with the city’s name or “Go (name the local high school mascots).” I’m already wondering if they’ll let us put […]

Let’s never forget our nation’s defenders

On Monday, our nation will follow a tradition dating more than 150 years as we pay tribute to those who gave their lives protecting our nation. There are more than 1.2 million names on that list, about half of which were added during the four years of the Civil War. That conflict was the foundation for what we now call […]

Does more debt for young people lead to fewer babies?

Romper, a website for young mothers, asks a good question. Is crushing student debt a big factor in millennials’ not having children? Its answer is yes. Members of the class of 2016 left school owing an average of $37,173 in student loans. And that “doesn’t calculate the average amount of interest and dollars that will be added on over time,” […]

The sacrifices they’ve made have been many

During the most recent legislative session, the Kentucky General Assembly passed Senate Joint Resolution 50, which I sponsored, naming a section of KY 2030 in Floyd County Corporal Elba Case WWII Purple Heart Memorial Highway. The designation took place earlier this month on the heels of Memorial Day and is fitting, as we should always honor and remember the sacrifices […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 Thursday, May 30, 1928 An area just outside of McRoberts known as Squat-low has been modernized and subdivided into Roaring Fork, said Squat-low “mayor” J.C. Reynolds, father of Letcher County Sheriff Morgan T. Reynolds. J.C. Reynolds said he named his “town” based on the characteristic posture of one of […]

Now Here’s a Tip

• When you replace batteries, write the date of installation on the actual battery with a permanent marker. • “Get a sock bag for your laundry room. In our house, all stray socks go in the bag. Sometimes I will find a lone sock in a dresser drawer or under the bed. Chances are good I’ll find its mate in […]

Moments in Time

• On May 26, 1897, the first copies of the classic vampire novel “Dracula,” by Irish writer Bram Stoker, appear in London bookshops. In 1890, Stoker published his first novel, “The Snake’s Pass.” He would go on to publish 17 novels in all, but it was “Dracula” that eventually earned him literary fame. • On May 21, 1927, American pilot […]


RECAPS: MAY 21 – 25 GENERAL HOSPITAL — Valentin walked a fine line. Lucy was apologetic. Anna grew anxious. Peter stayed by Maxie’s side. Kiki was misunderstood. Peter felt deceived. Finn sought answers. Sam tried to help. Nina wasn’t interested. Kiki found comfort in an old friend. Valentin crossed Lulu. Dante had had enough. Drew paid his respect. Maxie was […]

Strange but True

• It was British writer and humorist Jerome K. Jerome who made the following sage observation: “It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do. Wasting time is merely an occupation then, and a most exhausting one. Idleness, like kisses, to […]

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